BBQ Spice Mix (2 of 4)

Barbecue Spice Mix

We did it. After 13 months of planning, we got married! Two coasts. Two weddings. When it comes to wedding advice the most common that I came across was “it goes by so fast.” And it does, whether you get married once or twice. Somehow I thought the second wedding would feel a bit slower,…

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Darby's Salad (4 of 4)

Darby’s Salad

I love this salad so much that I’ve actually written about it twice. As a teenager I was a jerk. It’s not like I was unique in my obnoxiousness, I was pretty much like most other angsty teens. I was sullen and withdrawn, too cool for everything, especially things that involved family. And the things…

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Green Chili (6 of 7)

Green Chili

Some recipes just don’t work out. This is especially true when the recipe is one you are making up on the spot, cobbling together from multiple sources. Sometimes it’s a total flop, the kind that can only be dumped in the garbage before ordering takeout. Too much salt, ingredients-gone-bad, poorly calibrated baking experiments. But most…

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Teriyaki Chicken (10 of 10)

Teriyaki Chicken

Growing up we ate a lot of teriyaki chicken. I’d say I was partly to blame for this phenomenon. I loved teriyaki chicken. Nevermind that we’d already had it earlier in the week, when it showed up for dinner again, it was an exciting occasion. On Saturday mornings while grocery shopping with my dad I’d…

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Huevos Rancheros (1 of 6)

Huevos Rancheros

The same weekend that I spent making quiche for a large group, my friend Jesse was in charge of the second day of breakfast. I obsessively planned, spent an afternoon prepping, and basically hovered over the task of breakfast. Jesse arrived with several bags of ingredients and a basic plan: breakfast would be huevos rancheros….

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Asparagus Pesto (7 of 7)

Asparagus Pesto

It’s only the middle of April but we’re deep into asparagus season around here. For the past month, our weekly CSA box has included a bundle of the elusive green stalks. The first week, I roasted it with just oil and salt and the second week I did the same. But I don’t particularly enjoy…

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Potato Wedges and Sweet Chili Sauce (8 of 9)

Potato Wedges and Sweet Chili Sauce

I was a pescetarian while studying abroad in Australia, which was a tricky business. Living on a small campus, and in an area that was largely suburban, there weren’t a lot of non-meat options and the most popular dishes were burgers, steak sandwiches, and meat pies. It wasn’t exactly vegetarian friendly and I ended up…

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Meatloaf (9 of 10)

Meatloaf

Some dishes are hard to recreate or make variations of because there’s so much nostalgia tied up in them. The dishes that graced the family dinner table for special occasions or as a go-to meal every week. While it could certainly use an update, it’s hard to let go of “what it’s supposed to taste…

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Caesar Piadina (7 of 10)

Caesar Piadina

The chain restaurant I worked at in high school had a secret menu. It wasn’t like the In-N-Out secret menu which everyone kind of knows about. We didn’t publicize it or even publish it anywhere. But if you wanted an “old” menu item, it was probably still on our point-of-sale software and we could get…

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Bacon Onion Guyere Soup (10 of 10)

Bacon, Onion, and Gruyere Soup

Several months ago I whipped up an amazingly rich and decadent bacon, onion, and gruyere tart from one of my favorite fancy-cooking cookbooks. Sheets of puff pastry topped with a cheese-laced bechamel sauce, crispy lardons of bacon, onions that had turned sweet and melting in the heat. It was gooey and buttery and flakey .The…

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